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Far Infrared Saunas

Far infrared saunas, also commonly known as infrared saunas, are the latest in sauna bath technology. Like any new technology combined with a traditional past-time, there are very differing opinions on infrared saunas among sauna bath enthusiasts. Although the infrared sauna experience does offer differences from the traditional Finnish sauna experience, it does also offer many of the same benefits, as well as a few extra benefits to the user.

How Infrared Saunas Work

Infrared saunas use far infrared radiation (FIR) to heat the skin and deeper body tissue. The most common way to explain infrared technology is the sun example. If you are outside on a bright sunny day and you walk from the shade to a spot with direct sunlight, you will suddenly feel warmer. The air temperature around you hasn't changed. You are feeling the heating benefits of natural far infrared radiation. Far infrared radiation in the spectrum that is used in infrared saunas is perfectly safe. It should not be confused with potentially harmful UV radiation. In fact, far-infrared heat is so safe, it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

Infrared saunas usually have one or more infrared heaters which give off far infrared waves. These waves have the ability to penetrate deep into the body (up to 1.5 inches) and cause a natural resonance or vibration, which in turn creates heat and causes you to sweat, just like you would in a traditional sauna.

Benefits of Infrared Saunas

The health benefits of far infrared saunas are considered to be comparable to those of traditional finnish saunas or native americans sweat lodges. The following are considered to be among the benefits experienced by infrared sauna users:

  • Improved and increased blood circulation
  • Cleansing of body toxins via the skin, pores and sweat glands due to the heat and sweating
  • Easing of pain and discomfort caused by arthritis
  • Stress relief
  • Relief of muscle soreness and enhanced recovery from exercise
  • Relaxation


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